Despite being live for the first time in two weeks, SmackDown's viewership was down from the holidays.
ShowBuzzDaily reports that the Jan. 8 episode of SmackDown drew 2,032,000 viewers. This number is down from the Jan. 1 episode, which drew 2,091,000 viewers. The Jan 1 episode was taped the weekend prior to its airing. Tuesday was the first live episode since Dec. 18, which drew 2,214,000 million viewers.
The good news is that the demographic rating was up. Tuesday's episode posted a 0.72 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic, up from the 0.68 rating the show drew on New Year's Day.
Top 5 Most Viewed WWE SmackDown Live (1/8/19) Videos on YouTube
No. 1 Contenders Bout - Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Carmella (585,000 views)
Naomi attacks Mandy Rose (527,000 views)
Rey Mysterio & Mustafa Ali vs. Samoa Joe & Andrade "Cien" Almas (386,000 views)
Daniel Bryan mocks WWE consumerism (344,000 views)
The Usos vs. The Bar (343,000 views)